Public Health MPH/MPP & MPH/MURP

The MPH/MURP combines public health and planning with the goal of improving human well-being, while the MPH/MPP combines public health and policy development at local, national, and global levels.  Applicants are required to be applying or admitted to a MPP or MURP accredited program to be eligible for the dual degree.

The Public Health Practice Major offers hybrid MPHs that allows you to design the MPH degree to complement your interest, practice, and goals by choosing from a wide range of electives courses, project, and internships/field experience. Online classes comprise the core curriculum, with elective options online or in person at the yearly Public Health Institute. This high-technical and high-touch program supports your goals and lifestyle.

As a graduate student pursing a Urban Regional Planning or Public Policy degree, you seek to advance the common good; as a School of Public Health student in the Public Health Practice Major, you seek to protect, restore and promote health. Together, the dual degrees provide the skills to create significant change. With approval, you may use up to 14 credits of MURP and MPP courses toward the MPH, and 12 credits of Public Health courses toward the MURP or MPP.

With the proximity of state-level and regional agencies in the Twin Cities area, you will have the opportunity to engage with the Minnesota Department of Health and state policymaking agencies, and apply what you’ve learned. You will be prepared to deal with public health, policy, and planning at all levels.

Public Policy and Urban & Regional Planning Public Health Info Sheet (1.8 MB PDF)

A key feature of the MPH/MPP and MPH/MURP is that 12-14 credits from each program may be double-counted, which saves you valuable tuition cost (cost of 24 credits) and time (two terms). Below are two sample schedules for UMN HHH students. Remember you may be admitted or enrolled to any accredited MPP or MURP program to be eligible for the dual degree.

We will work with your MPP or MURP curriculum to identify courses that could transfer to the MPH program.  The examples below are for UMN MPP or MURP students.

MURP/MPH Dual Degree Sample Schedule (PDF)
MPP/MPH Dual Degree Sample Schedule (PDF)

You will be assigned a faculty adviser from both programs and will also have the resources of the programs’ advisers and coordinators.

Many of the MPH elective courses are offered at the Public Health Institute during the University of Minnesota’s three-week May session in the last week in May and first weeks in June. The PHI offers course topics that are timely and current to public health and are taught in a non-traditional concentrated format, enabling students to complete up to seven credits in three weeks.

Examples of the some of the electives dual degree students have completed:

  • PA 5601 Women, Law & Pub Pol in the US, 3 cr
  • PA 5301 Pop Issues: US & Global South, 3 cr
  • PubH 6627 Sexuality Education, 1 cr
  • PubH 6601 Born a Girl: Glob Women’s Hlth, 2 cr
  • PubH 7200 Data Driven Decision Making, 1 cr
  • PubH 7200 Effective Leadership & Collaboration in PubH, 1 cr
  • PubH 7242 War and Public Health, 1cr
  • PubH 7262 Globalization and Health, 1cr
  • PubH 6724 Health System & Public Health, 3 cr
  • PubH 6835 Principles of Health Policy, 2 cr
  • PubH 6852 Program Evaluation in Health, 3 cr
  • PubH 6904 Nutrition and Aging, 2 cr
  • PubH 6078 PubH Plcy Prevention Strategy, 2 cr
  • PubH Health Impact Assessment, 1 cr
  • PubH 5231-Emergency Preparedness, 2 cr

The UMN MURP is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board, the UMN MPP is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) and the UMN School of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Applicants are encouraged to start the MPH courses the summer prior to entering a MPP or MURP program or after their first year of study. To be eligible for the Public Health MPH, applicants must be currently applying or accepted to an accredited MPP or the MURP program.

Students must have a baccalaureate degree before beginning MPH coursework. Preferred performance levels: GPA of 3.00. All applications are reviewed holistically

Standardized Test Requirement

This program does not require the GRE. Applicants are required to be applying or admitted to a MPP or MURP accredited program to be eligible for the dual degree.

Who is eligible for the program?

Applicants must be accepted or enrolled in an accredited MPP or MURP graduate program.

How long does the program take?

If you are able to devote two terms to complete MPH courses, you may easily complete both degrees in five to six terms. If your summer(s) are already spoken for, there is flexibility with the MPH degree; all MPH students have five years to complete their degrees.

How often do I need to be on campus?

Students can expect to attend at least one, three-week Public Health Institute offered during the May session. The rest of the curriculum is available online or in-class.

What is unique about the dual degree program?

You may transfer up to 14 credits of your public policy or urban regional planning curriculum, with approval into the MPH program, and you may transfer 12 credits of the MPH to the MPP or MURP program with approval. Both degrees may be tailored to fit your career interest and academic priorities. You may elect to focus the elective credits on one topic or several topics. The goal is explore your interest and design the dual degree to complement your public policy/planning practice and public health.

What are alumni saying about the program?

” I can’t believe I completed two graduate degrees in just two years and I really enjoyed the public health courses.” Alumni 2015

“Many of the policy courses offered at SPH and HHH can greatly improve your understanding of how governments provide public health provision and how politics is just as big a factor as the intervention design.” Alumni 2015

“The MPH is a broad preparation for diverse work in public health- from research to policy to direct service.  Advice: Focus as much as possible on hardskill development, like GIS, health informatics.” Alumni 2015

“This program taught me how to view the world through a public health lens and to think of all kinds of problems in terms of population health and quality of life. ”
Get out there and do as many informational interviews as possible. That is how I found my niche.”Alumni 2014

Nadine Chalmers

This program taught me how to view the world through a public health lens and to think of all kinds of problems in terms of public health and quality of life.
–Nadine Chalmers, MPP/MPH, 2014

Application Deadlines

  • April 1 for
    Summer Term Admission
  • August 1 for
    Fall Term Admission
  • December 1 for
    Spring Term Admission

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